The St. Francois County Sheriff's Office is now investigating Monday's fatal fire near Park Hills as a double homicide.
Firefighters arrived about 4:30 a.m. to find the home on Halter Lane fully involved. Authorities say flames were too intense to try to attempt a rescue.
Firefighters later found the body 50 year old Stanley Halter on a back porch and that of 46 year old Tammy Halter in the kitchen. The couples children were not home at the time of the fire.
Authorities aren't releasing the couples cause of death, only saying that the autopsies gave them reasonable cause to pursue a homicide investigation.
Park Hills is about 65 miles south of St. Louis.
St. Louis police are investigating the city's fourteenth homicide of the year.
Officers say 21-year-old Erick Burney was walking in the 1500 block of Montgomery in North St. Louis on Monday afternoon, when a driver pulled up alongside him. Investigators say someone inside the car started shooting. Burney was hit multiple times and died at the hospital.
No information on a suspect has been released.
An investigation continues after a woman was found dead in her Hazelwood apartment.
Around 9:45 a.m. police were asked to check on the welfare of 27-year-old Denitra Jones. When officers arrived, they found her body. Investigators say the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious and the coroner confirmed her death was a homicide.
Police say they have a person of interest in custody and are presenting the case the prosecutors.
Charges are filed against a St. Louis County woman for allegedly stabbing her husband to death.
Police say they were called to the couple's home around 1 AM Thursday for an apparent homicide. That is where they found 76-year-old Ivan Mullenix Sr. dead from an apparent stabbing. Officers also found 69-year-old Mary Mullenix in the house and she was taking into custody.
Town and Country Police say they were called to same house earlier for a domestic disturbance.
Mary Mullenix is held on a half-million dollar bond.
One man is shot and killed overnight and two others are injured in north St. Louis.
Police report witnesses report seeing two suspects standing in a gangway around 10:45 last night. They reportedly opened fire on 3 victims near Semple near Wabada in north city.
A 33-year-old man died from his wounds. A 25 year old woman was shot in the leg. The third person, a man, was grazed by a bullet.
The suspects fled on foot and remain at large. No word on a motive.
The St. Louis Major Case Squad is investigating a murder in Overland. Police were called to a home in the 9900 block of Iveland about 10 PM Sunday.
Police found a 22-year-old man who'd been shot to death just inside the front door of his home. Witnesses reported seeing three or four men fleeing from the scene.
Investigators are expected to release more information later Monday morning.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Randolph County coroner has ruled another inmate death as a homicide at the Menard maximum-security prison in Chester in far southern Illinois.
Coroner Randy Dudenbostel says 35-year-old William Crowder died March 26 from "manual strangulation." The coroner classified the death as a homicide.
State's Attorney Jeremy Walker intends to file first-degree murder charges against a Menard inmate when he receives investigative reports.
He would not name the inmate but says the man is not due for release until 2013.
Crowder was found dead in his cell in the prison's segregation unit at 10:36 p.m. Crowder's was the third homicide since Jan. 31.
Walker previously filed murder charges against former Menard inmates for the deaths of 25-year-old Jason Hall and 64-year-old Yusuf Abuzir.